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Poster: Hal R Date: Mar 26, 2010 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Concerning The 'Jam Band' Label

Well, I for one have really enjoyed the phenomenon of the Jam bands. I think it has been a breath of fresh air in the music scene. It has been a return to working with your fans, being noncommercial generally and really working on your chops. And it is much about movement; people go to these bands to DANCE. I am one of those that would much rather dance than sit on my ass in front of a computer screen. There are a variety of people of many ages, many young, energetic and positive and full of life. Don't run into many cynical bitter old farts there. All ages but not the gloomy types. But I will also say that I can't listen to any of these bands recorded as much as I can the GD. Sometimes the jams just go on to be jams for jamming sake and not explorative enough. And except for some of the Bluegrass based ones like String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band they don't have the connection to the deep roots to "Old Weird America" as Harry Smith put it. They are several generations removed and grew up mainly on rock and roll. I have to mix my listening of jam bands with more roots types music, what has now been labeled "Americana" and talking of labels, maybe the Dead should be in this one too. Another thing lacking with the jam bands is the great songwriting that was integral to the Dead and why there songs will live on. But the magic of the Hunter/Garcia team is something that probably only comes up rarely. Also remember these guys were big readers and grew up with the poems of the Beats, science fiction and some classics, they were not part of the computer age. Is the novel dead, some may ask, is great songwriting dead, I may ask. Well, I still think the bands were the best from the era when I grew up, 60's - 70's but I want to remain open and not be closed to new forms of improvisation. It is the music my friends and I can dance to. For those of you that don't like jam bands, who do you go out and rock out to now? Or do you just sit at home and think about the good old days? Great topic on a great forum.